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White-throated Magpie-Jay

White-throated Magpie-Jay
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-23 7:35
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After four days in National Park Lauwersmeer in the North of our country I am back with a photo from my archive. While I was taken pictures of birds in this very beautiful park suddenly the software in my camera crashed. I couldn’t take a photo anymore. In the next days I will see what is to rescue. The first messages from a few experts aren’t very hopeful.

The White-throated Magpie-Jay, Calocitta formosa, is a large Central American jay species. It ranges in Pacific-slope thornforest from Jalisco, Mexico to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Magpie-jays are noisy, gregarious birds, often traveling in easy-to-find flocks, mobbing their observers.

White-throated Magpie-Jay hybridizes in Jalisco with Black-throated Magpie-Jay (C. colliei), with which it forms a superspecies. There are three recognised subspecies, the nominate race, which is only found in southern Mexico; C. f. azurea, which is found in south eastern Mexico and western Guatemala, and C. f. pompata, which runs from south eastern Mexico to Costa Rica.

The White-throated Magpie-jay is between 43–56 cm in length and weighs 205–213 g. The species has a particularly long tail, and a slightly curved crest of feathers on the head. The crest is black in the nominate race, but has blue or white margins on the other two subspecies. The nominate race has a white face with a black crown and margin to the face, forming a narrow band around the throat, as well as a small drop below the eye. The black is less extensive in the other subspecies. The breast, belly and underside of the rump are white, and the wings, mantle and tail are blue (with whitish margins on the tail). The legs and eye are black, and the bill is grey. The plumage of the females is mostly as that of the male but duller on the top, with a narrower band across the chest, and the tail is shorter.

The White-throated Magpie-jay is associated with a wide range of habitats from arid environments to semi-humid woodlands, from sea-level up to 1,250 m, although only occasionally higher than 800 m. It occurs rarely in columnar cacti forest, but is common in thorn-forest, gallery forest, deciduous woodland, forest edges and cultivated areas like coffee plantations. The species does not undertake any migratory movements, although males disperse away from their natal territories a few years after fledging. It is a common species across its range, and is not considered threatened by human activities.

White-throated Magpie-jays are omnivorous, consuming a wide range of animal and plant matter. Items included in the diet include invertebrates such as insects and caterpillars, frogs, lizards, eggs and nestlings of other birds, seeds, fruits, grain, and nectar from Balsa blossoms. Younger birds take several years to acquire the full range of foraging skills of their parents.

Source: Wikipedia

This photo is taken in birdpark Avifauna.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-04-23 7:46]

Hallo Peter,
Blue bird of a different and beautiful ..
Beautiful photo in good sharpness, natural colours and a fine composition.
Best wishes,

Boa tarde Peter
Excellent capture of this beautiful bird.Wonderful pose and composition,beautiful colours and sharp details.
Thank You
Best regards

Hello Peter,

A beautiful capture with lovely colors, sharpness & POV. Great timing & composition. Nicely done & TFS.

Sorry to hear about your software crash in your camera...

Best wishes & regards


hallo Peter
Back in town?
Wel een beetje koud was het voor je
maar er toch even uit
Hier een hele mooie zo op de stronk
veel details and super mooie kleuren
Leuke pose met die staart omhoog
bedankt weer groet lou

hello Peter,
such a beautiful bird is this! and your first try was not that bad :)
but still, wish you luck for more scopes...
good angle, and good exposure. a good cam too [my fav, you see] ;)
thanks for sharing
keep posting more beauties from your trip :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-23 9:05]

Hi Peter,magnificent and elegant pose and fantastic details and colors in a very difficult light,impossible to make better,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
great capture of this lovely bird with good sharpness and natural colours. I especially like your well chosen POV and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Amazing magpie, very interesting, it is very different from the known to me black - white magpies my region.

Hi Peter,
beautiful photo of thid bird. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice week,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
A very nice photo with amazing details and sharpness. Lovely natural colors and exceptional contrast against the background. Outstanding composition with a very interesting species of Magpie. Not comfortable to have problems with your camera....it is a expensive one....
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Peter. Impressive detaisl and sharp. excellente DOF. Wonderful colours.


Una maravilla de fotografia Peter !

Técnicamente muy bien resueltos la composición y el equilibrio.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Peter,
First time, sorry for Your camera!
Excellent photo, great sharpness and fine details on this photo of this interesting Bird species, TFS!

Amazing bird and great photo Peter! Fantastic pose, excellent composition, wonderful soft colours and good sharpness!

Ciao Peter.
Un’ottima cattura di questo simpatico uccello,con dei colori straordinari,ottima nitidezza,bene la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Bonjour Peter,
Belle attitude du sujet saisie à l'instant décisif.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter,
Excellent photo,excellent capture!Fine compozition,perfect focus and sharpness,excellent light balance.
Best regards


Well composed pic of the subject which is sharp and detailed. The POV, DOF and blurred BG make for a good post.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-24 4:14]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely bird-shot! A beautiful bird, a superb pose and great color-contrast.
Lovely! I didn't know this Central American Magpie-species. Thanks!
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-24 6:09]

Beautiful bird with excellent colors and fine pose too. good image. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-24 6:23]

Hello Peter,
Sad to hear of your camera software crash!
I hope it can be repaired and you can take photos again, like this fine capture of the White-throated Magpie-jay.
Excellent pose on the tree stump, taken from a fine POV with great sharpness and natural colours against a fine BG and ina pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Peter
another great picture, this White-throated Magpie-Jay, great colour and detail with nice composition.
best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-24 15:06]

Hello Peter,
Sorry to hear about your camera failure, hopefully it won't be as bad as they think. Love the shot of this White-throated Magpie. Wonderful pose on the dead stump and showing beautiful natural coloration. Must say it reminds me alot of our Bluejays. great work!!

Hi Peter,
You've the best album of bird photographs!
Many of the bird i've not seen anywhere & this one also 1st time.
Very well captured from a good POV & good details. Its a nice composition too. TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-27 3:19]

Hello Peter,
really a beautiful capture. The pose and the action is splendid. How I like the gesture and the eye contact.
The colours and details are awesome.
Very pleasant view indeed.


amazing capture Peter, wonderful bird, excellent focus and nice colors, congratulations !

ciao, tino

What a handsome Magpie Jay, Peter!
It is a superb image from your archives.
I'm alarmed to know about the crash of your camera software.
Hope there would be a way out to retrieve your work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-12 6:51]

Bravo, Peter, dear friend.
Simply amazing scene and top quality shot. Brilliant exposure and reproduction of colouration and all other details f the bird. BG is also splendid as well as image of an old fogy. Great Job. My congratulations.

Hello Peter

I love its pose and the way it is framed,
and that POV it is giving that beautiful eye-contact,



Hello Peter,
excellent capture of this beautiful bird.
Wonderful pose and composition, beautiful colours and sharp details.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-06-02 15:57]

Hola Peter, que buena foto de esta Urraca Azul, gran movimiento lleno de color, luz, enfoque y un entorno excelente, tambien me gusta mucho la composición...saludos.

amazing bird, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,
Wow,what a nice bird and captured from beautiful PoV of its lovely stance with great details and clarity.An excellent composition and lovely colours.
Thanks and my regards,

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture.Nice colour,pose,sharpness and POV.
I like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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